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FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

15 September 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Project ACT provides support services to 1,000 Cleveland public school students experiencing homelessness or living with guardians other than their parents. Students are set up with a life skills coach who provides em...

The Washington Post

Gerrit De Vynck

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Elizabeth Dwoskin

24 August 2021

United States

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Vaccine Talk is a Facebook group for evidence-based discussion to help both pro- and anti-vaccine people wade through all of the conflicting, and oftentimes wrong, information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The group has...

COVID-19 Data Dispatch

Betsy Ladyzhets

22 August 2021

Garrett County, Maryland, United States

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Garrett County students were able to get back in school quickly because the district built trust with its community by providing families with crucial supplies, carefully planning the reopening, and communicating exte...

News48

Paola Oriunno

2 July 2021

Italy

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Senior citizens in Italy are accessing the internet through the help of project Gemma, which is delivering classes and in-person help to them. Webinars have helped people set up health records, access email, join soci...

The New York Times

Katharine Seelye

20 June 2021

New Bedford, New Hampshire, United States

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As traditional local media outlets shrink or disappear, non-profit digital news outlets are popping up to fill the void. The New Bedford Light is one example, formed by journalism veterans and following the playbook o...

The Verge

Sanket Jain

17 June 2021

India

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) across India fight COVID-19 related misinformation on WhatsApp. ASHAs provide basic health care to people in their villages, which puts them on the frontline of treating COVID...

Zulani

David Owino

11 June 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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To make internet connectivity accessible and affordable across Africa, Dr. Harold Omondi developed “internet from the moon,” a technology that uses satellite dishes to communicate with transponders placed in the moon ...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

26 May 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Internet Access Support Program has provided over 1,000 families with internet access in the wake of the pandemic. With work, school, and telehealth appointments relying on a stable internet connection, economical...

Roar News

Chloe Ferreux

20 May 2021

France

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One solution to the increasing monopolization of news media outlets by a few wealthy individuals is crowd funding. In France, Julia Cagé created Un bout du Monde to raise money to intervene in the shareholding of Le M...

Hyperallergic

Hakim Bishara

19 May 2021

Palestine

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To get around algorithms that have flagged and removed Palestinian content, users on platforms like Facebook and Instagram are using an old version of Arabic, dating back at least a thousand years, that doesn’t have d...

Canadaland

Tobin Ng

12 May 2021

Canada

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Digital news startups and platforms are contributing to the growth of independent media in Canada. The outlets are delivering news that can target specific groups and serve specific communities, as opposed to traditio...

The Guardian

Leyland Cecco

3 May 2021

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Tech entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson started Capital Daily, a daily newsletter emailed to subscribers with news highlights from around Victoria. The local journalism model keeps residents informed on local issues and in...

Mashable

Christianna Silva

28 April 2021

United States

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Social media influencers are using “pre-bunking” -- the practice of exposing people to misinformation and offering expert-backed explanations of why it isn’t true before they see the misinformation in the wild – as a ...

NPR

Frank Langfitt

26 April 2021

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Sheikh Nuru Mohammed uses weekly sermons as imam at Al-Abbas mosque to dispel false information about the COVID-19 vaccine, inspiring hundreds of skeptical congregants to get vaccinated. He also turned the mosque into...

Chalkbeat

Johann Calhoun

26 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Families with students in prekindergarten in Philadelphia now are eligible for PHLConnectED, a program that provides students with free internet access during remote learning. The program has already reached out to ov...

Dallas Free Press

Sujata Dand

15 April 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A wireless network is bringing fast and reliable internet service to students living within two miles of Lincoln High School. A large cell tower on the premises of the school is extending the WiFi to receivers given t...

El Paso Matters

Molly Smith

13 April 2021

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Texan cities, like McAllen and El Paso, are bridging the digital divide for students and building infrastructure to connect whole communities. In El Paso, the city used $150,000 of the $84 million it received in feder...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

12 April 2021

South Africa

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WikiAfrica Education increases information about Africa’s diverse languages, cultures, and politics from the voices and perspectives of African people. AfroCuration events enlist the help of young people to create and...

Grady Newsource

Trey Young

7 April 2021

Georgia, United States

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11Alive, a Georgia news station, runs a program called "Verify" that helps residents get accurate information and slow the spread of disinformation. Viewers submit a form online or via an app to request any piece of i...

Global Press Journal

Aline Suárez del Real

6 April 2021

Mexico

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Verificovid was started by a group of friends to combat pandemic-related misinformation in Mexico. They work with a group of government doctors to identify, track, investigate, and disprove misinformation. The group p...

iNews

Ian Burrell

5 April 2021

United Kingdom

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The Student View is a program helping youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to learn more about misinformation and navigating the media landscape. The program has been able to expand to 20 cities in the Un...

The Pointer

Nida Zafar

18 March 2021

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Older electronics are being refurbished and redistributed to those in need by Renewed Computer Technology. The federally funded, Canadian nonprofit collected 13,500 computers and laptops last year for schools, librari...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Joel Mathis

1 March 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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As local journalism businesses struggle with dwindling advertising and readership, posing a threat to accountability journalism focused on state and local governments, nonprofit newsrooms are filling some of the void....

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Butrymowicz

Javeria Salman

11 February 2021

United States

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As conspiracy theories spread and misleading news stories are shared, educators are trying to battle misinformation with media literacy education. Through courses, and updated class curriculum, students from elementar...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

8 February 2021

United States

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The digital divide has exacerbated the challenge of virtual schooling and has spurred communities to provide affordable internet access. Local governments, nonprofits, and school districts are piloting initiatives to ...

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